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Feb 11 2015

Season of Love: History and Health Benefits of Chocolate

Does Chocolate Make the Heart Grow Fonder? Chocolate comes from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. The word theobroma is translated as the food of gods. Chocolate was used by the Aztec Indians to make a beverage which was believed to have restorative properties and it was used in religious ceremonies. Europeans […]

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Feb 04 2015

Season of Love: Healthy Chocolate Treats

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    Some special guests stopped by the house today and we decided to make some Valentine treats. My guests decided that it would be fun to make the typical treats a little healthy! They absolutely love fruit so we picked up some dried apples, figs, dates, apricots and semi-sweet dark and white chocolate. We […]

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Dec 08 2014

Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge Week 4: Snacking Your Way to a Healthy Holiday

How have you been doing on the holiday challenge so far? If it has been challenging, keep working at it. For most of us, the holiday season is a time of snacking. Eating snacks is not such a bad thing  unless it is too much of a good thing. What you choose and how much […]

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Nov 05 2014

Locavore Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving plans have been in the works, whether its traveling far or near to friends or  family, making dinner reservations or planning the menu at home. Thanksgiving was designed around the bounty of the season so it is easy to plan a meal based on what is grown where you live. Depending on the availability […]

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Dec 30 2013

Health Concepts Nutrition Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge Week Seven: Have a Happy Healthy New Year!

     The New Year is almost here! If you have been working towards the holiday weight challenge, how have you been doing? If you have not taken part, consider weighing in on January 1st or 2nd and determine if there is change that you want to work towards. I wanted to share a few things […]

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Dec 22 2013

Week 6: Health Concepts Holiday Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge: Don’t Stress Eat Over the Holidays

By the time that you read this post, I will be on a fourteen hour car ride to the Midwest to spend the holidays with our families. The trip itself is stressful and then dividing time between homes and being out of own space also adds to it. Then there are different personalities and “issues”.  […]

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Dec 18 2013

Week Five Health Concepts Holiday Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge: Healthy Holiday Sweets

We are now at Week Five with just a few more weeks to go. You can do it! I have to confess, I love handmade holiday desserts. Last year I told myself that I would stop making holiday cookies for family and friends when someone very special to me said how much she loved the […]

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Dec 11 2013

Week Four Health Concepts Holiday Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge: Exercise Your Right to Health

Life gets hectic during the holidays! We try to squeeze in extra tasks into our already busy schedules even when we try to simplify.  Making or buying gifts, wrapping, buying and decorating a tree, sending holiday cards, making treats and attending festivities all add up. One healthy habit that I try to maintain over the […]

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Dec 02 2013

Health Concepts Nutrition Holiday Challenge Week Three: Surviving the Holiday Party!

You made it through Thanksgiving and only five weeks until the new year. Today is the day to recommit to your holiday weight maintenance goal. You have heard when the “going gets tough, the tough get going”. Now is the time to get tough. The parties begin in the weeks ahead. If you are a […]

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Nov 25 2013

Health Concepts Holiday Challenge Week Two: Mindful Holiday Eating

Mindful Holiday Eating If you are weighing in for the Holiday Challenge, weigh in today and this number will challenge you to maintain your weight next week. By now, your Thanksgiving Menu is probably written and you have already gone to the grocery store. If you aren’t cooking dinner, you probably know where you are […]

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